Chicago Sun-Times

Reform family law system to give dads a chance to help their kids

Today, more than a million Illinois children do not live in the same home as their father, and one of every three Illinois children is born out of wedlock. Juvenile crime, teen drug abuse, school dropouts and teen pregnancy are all tightly correlated with fatherlessness, often more so than with any other factor. Recognizing this, in 2003, the Legislature created the Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood to identify obstacles that impede fathers' involvement in their children's lives and devise strategies to remove them. The council's report will be released next month. Its two central recommendations involve family law and child support.

The council's first recommendation is to reform the family law system to eliminate gender bias against fathers and facilitate responsible father involvement. …

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